Local recruitment: Advocacy Communications Manager


London, UK 🇬🇧

Abuja, Nigeria 🇳🇬

Pretoria, South Africa 🇿🇦


Job description

2 x Advocacy Communications Manager

This role is available as a 1x Permanent Full-time Contract and 1x Fixed-term 12 months Maternity cover. Both options will be discussed at the interview stage.

Want to use your skills in strategic communications to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Advocacy Communications Manager to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

The WaterAid Strategic Communications team identifies and maximises strategic and creative communications opportunities and value for WaterAid in the UK and Globally.

As our Advocacy Communications Manager you will work closely with cross-functional teams in the UK and Globally, leading the coordination and delivery of communications campaigns and high impact activities aligned to advocacy strategies.

How to Apply

To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’.

* Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.
* Please indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in your Cover letter.

Shortlisting and interviews may take place on a rolling basis and the application process will close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date. Application close date is 02/10/2022.

About the Role:
In this role, you will play a key role in translating core policy messaging into compelling advocacy communications materials and harnessing strategic channels to effectively influence decision-makers at international, regional and country levels.

You’ll also:
* Ensure we have strong and effective communications at the heart of our two global advocacy campaigns focusing on Hygiene and Health and Water and Climate Change.
* Inspire colleagues with your creativity and innovation – whilst remaining ruthlessly strategic ensuring that every piece of content has a defined purpose and audience.
* Convene a global group of key communications leads from across our country, regional and member teams on a regular basis to plan, coordinate and monitor the delivery of advocacy communications in support of the global priority campaigns.
* Contribute global advocacy communications plans into wider organisational strategic communications planning and activities.
* Brief and work closely with internal and external stakeholders on the delivery of creative and strategic communications materials.

To be successful, you’ll need:
* Experience of designing compelling campaign messages and communications across a range of channels, including ability to translate complex issues into simple messages that non-expert audiences can understand and act on.
* Track record of delivering successful communication plans at global and national level across both low-income and high-income country contexts to achieve campaign objectives.
* A strategic, innovative and creative thinker with the ability to design simple communications that have impact.
* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to successfully manage complex and sensitive organisational relationships to achieve cross-organisational, collectively agreed goals.
* A university degree or equivalent work experience.
* Ability to travel.
* Commitment to WaterAid’s values and a working style that reflects these.

Desirable but non-essential skills:

* Proficiency in another language preferably French or Portuguese.
* Experience of delivering communications work in Africa, Asia and/or Pacific country contexts.

This role is available as a 1x Permanent Full-time Contract and 1x Fixed-term 12 months Maternity cover. Both options will be discussed at the interview stage. Posts will be considered in the United Kingdom (London office), Nigeria (Abuja office) or South Africa (Pretoria office) on a hybrid working basis.

WaterAid has a flexible and hybrid working policy, however the candidates are expected to work from their local WaterAid office on a semi-regular basis, with days to be agreed with the hiring manager.

Candidates must have the right to work in their country of residence.


  • Salary for a UK-based candidate of £38,065 – £40,052 subject to experience.
  • Salary for a SA-based candidate of 1,336,257 – 1,505,245 ZAR subject to experience.
  • Salary of a Nigeria-based candidate of 21,285,694 – 24,163,624 NGN subject to experience.

Our Commitment

An inclusive workplace:

We are committed to being an organisation where everyone is included, respected, and empowered to be their best. We represent and celebrate our staff, partners and everyone we work with, and create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.

Equal opportunities:
We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.

We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.





IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development